Michigan receives $80M in grants to fight opioid crisis

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The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration recently awarded two grants totaling $80 million to the Michigan Opioids Task Force and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration, Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care to fight the opioid crisis.

A total of $43.1 million was awarded as an extension of the State Opioid Response I (SOR I) grant, and $36.4 million was awarded through a State Opioid Response II (SOR II) grant.

“Opioid overdose continues to be an ongoing crisis in Michigan and MDHHS is acting with utmost urgency to expand services that save lives, including medications to treat opioid use disorder and naloxone, the life-saving opioid reversal medication,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health, said. “We urge local governments, health providers, law enforcement, and organizations around the state to partner with us in this vital mission.”

The SOR I grant was extended from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2021, while the SOR II grant began Wednesday and runs until 2022.

In 2018, an average of five people died daily in Michigan from opioid overdoses. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, calls to emergency medical services for opioid overdoses grew 22 percent from April to July compared to last year.

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